Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

The First United Pentecostal Church of Kewanee wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 30, 2009

“The Wait Before Christmas”

You are invited to our Christmas Program, “The Wait Before Christmas” on Sunday December 20th @ 2:00pm. Please join us for this special time to celebrate the birth of our Savior – Jesus Christ!

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 23, 2009

We Need to Pray Lesson 7

We conclude this Bible Study discussing prayer’s most essential team-mate  = Fasting.

Why is FASTING so necessary?

*HUMILITY2 Chronicles 7:14-15  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”

 Luke 18:9-14 “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

*ATTITUDE = Fasting allows God to shape our attitudes. Matthew 6:17-18 “But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”

*TO IMPACT THE SPIRITUAL REALM = Isaiah 58:5-8 “Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.”

*INCREASE FAITH = Matthew 17:19-22 “Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?  20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Fasting is a way to humble ourselves before the Lord. When we fast, we put our trust in Him for our needs. Fasting is a powerful way to make us humble, increase our faith, adds the power to bind evil and loosen godly spirits and allows the Lord to help us grow spiritually.

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 23, 2009

We Need to Pray Lesson 6

What competes with the desires of God? To be honest, we must admit at times our own personal desires, the desires of the world, and the desires of Satan. It can be challenging to stay in the will of God – that’s why prayer is so necessary. If we keep our confidence in Jesus and His Word – we can ask anything according to His will and He will hear!

1 John 5:14-15 (King James Version)
 14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

2 Peter 3:9 (King James Version)
 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

John 6:40 (King James Version)
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

Philippians 4:19 (King James Version)
 19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Psalm 23:1
 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 

Matthew 6:14-15 (King James Version)
 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 23, 2009

We Need to Pray Lesson 5

Matthew 6:9-13 (King James Version)

 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  11Give us this day our daily bread.  12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

Jesus gave us an example of how to pray – not a prayer to recite! First of all, as we begin to pray we should address Him as Father, respecting His authority. Instead of giving the Lord our list of requests, let’s begin praying for His Kingdom and His Will. We need to acknowledge that everything we need – He will supply. If our prayers are to be effective, we must remember – if we can’t forgive others – Jesus cannot forgive us.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

Let’s remember to put the Kingdom of God first in prayer! Here are more scriptures for study: Luke 11:1; Philipians 4:19; Hebrews 12:6; Matthew 6:25-33; Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22-23; and Luke 11:9-13.

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving “Singspiration”

Don’t miss our Thanksgiving “Singspiration” on Sunday Nov. 22nd @ 6:30pm! We will sing to show thanks to Our Father!

Reminder: We will not have Wednesday Night Bible Study on Wednesday November 25th – the evening before Thanksgiving. Service will resume as scheduled Sunday November 29th @ 10:00 & 5:00.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 14, 2009

“We Need to Pray” Bible Study Lesson #4

Learing How to Pray Effectively

In recent lessons, we have learned how important prayer is in our walk with  God. So now the next question is, “How do I pray in a meaningful way?”

Luke 11 :1 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

Even the disciplies needed instruction in effective prayer. One step in effective prayer is to pray in the Lord’s Name.

John 16:23-26 ” 23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 25These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:” 

Pray in Jesus’ Name!

Matthew 6:5 tells us, ” 5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” 

Prayer is meant to serve the Lord – not to show everyone what we can do!

 Matthew 6:6 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” 

This doesn’t mean not to pray with others – or not to pray out loud fervantly at church. This scripture show us that we’re to have a personal prayer life with Jesus – some of our most intense, meaningful prayer comes from private time with Jesus.

Matthew 6:7 ” 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” 

Quality prayers- saying things from your heart with meaning, are more effective that long, repetitious, rambling prayers without thought.  If our minds and hearts are fully focused on Jesus – we can avoid vain repetitions.

 James 5:1616Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” 

Sciptures for further study: Matthew 6:5-13Hebrews 10:19; James 5:16.

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 14, 2009

“We Need to Pray” Bible Lesson #3

Watch and Pray

The 3rd Lesson highlights for the “We Need to Pray” series discuss our need to watch our actions & attitudes, to be aware of the snares of our flesh and our enemy Satan. We accomplish this through building our prayer life and relationship with Jesus.

Luke 21:34-36 ” 34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.  35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

The Lord warns us to be mindful to be vigilant in prayer and be aware of what we are partaking in. Are we indulging ourselves too much in wordly things? Are we letting the cares of life take over our hearts and minds? The Lord welcomes us in 1 Peter 5:7 to unload our burdens.

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Romans 13:1“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

We must ask ourselves: If the Lord came for His people today- would I be considered ready to go?

1 Peter 4:7  says, “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Jeremiah 12:5  “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

We need to examine ourselves to honestly see where our actions, thoughts and attitudes go against His word and take God’s correction with a grateful attitude. He calls us to prayer to keep us learning and growing and building a more fulfiling relationship with Him. He wants us be prepared to go home with Him.

Proverbs 3:5-12 says,” 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.  8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.  9Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  11My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:  12For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 11, 2009

“We Need to Pray” Bible Study Lesson 2

House of Prayer

These scriptures were highlighted in our 2nd Lesson of the “We Need To Pray” Bible Study.

Isaiah 56:7 

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”  

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God calls His House to be a House of Prayer! Our success or failure in the Kingdom of God depends on our prayer life.
 
Mark 11:15-18 (New King James Version)
15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?[a] But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’[b]
 
 The Lord wishes to stress to us the importance of  prayer. His people who are called by His Name – are meant to be a people of prayer! The following scriptures talk about what happens when we pray successfully. 
 
Jeremiah 33:3 (King James Version) ” 3Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” 

Deuteronomy 4:7 (King James Version) ” 7For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?”

Look for Lesson Three: Watch & Pray – coming soon.    

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | November 8, 2009

“WE NEED TO PRAY” BIBLE STUDY LESSON 1

II Chronicles 7:14 says:If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I Thessalonians 5:17 says: “Pray without ceasing.”

God calls us to prayer. As Christians we know prayer is essential to our walk with God. It is the foundation of our relationship with Him. So why do we fail to pray as we should when we know how important prayer is? Obstacles from our enemy Satan and obstacles from our own fleshly desires sometimes distract us from prayer. Let’s arm ourselves together with the Word. If we understand what hinders prayer – we can overcome in Jesus’ Name!

HINDERANCES TO PRAYER

1) Disobedience – Deut. 1:45; I Samuel 14:37; I Samuel 28:6 

2) Secret Sin – Psalm 66:18

3) Indifference – Proverbs 1:28

4) No Mercy – Proverbs 21:13

5) Despising the Law – Proverbs 28:9

6) Blood Guiltiness – Isaiah 1:15

7) Iniquity – Isaiah 59:2; Micah 3:4

8. Stubbornness – Zechariah 7:13

9) Instability – James 1:6-7

10) Self- Indulgence – James 4:3

Revelation 3:20 says:

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

It’s time to become more devoted to prayer and the will of the Lord. Now that we have studied hinderances to prayer – we can examine ourselves and ask Jesus in His Name to remove our iniquities and help us to be more devoted to PRAYER!

More scripture references for Lesson 1: I Peter 3:7; I Samuel 15:23; Daniel 6:10; St. John 10:27-28

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